Monday, September 1, 2008

Wylie to Yantis 230K Permanent

One of our Lone Star Randonneurs members, Shellene, manages an easy, enjoyable out-and-back permanent between Wylie, TX and Yantis, TX.  The route is pretty flat with no real climbs to speak of.  It's mainly east/west so, with our prevailing north or south winds, it's usually reasonably wind neutral.

I rode this route Monday, 1 Sept, with one of my LSR buddies, Jeff.  Neither of us was able to do the night brevet the previous Saturday, so we made up for it with this route.  We were fortunate to also ride with Shellene and her boyfriend Bryan part of the way.  They were doing a different permanent that shared our route for the first 20 miles or so.

The ride went quite well.  We had a bit of headwind on the way out, presumably due to the distant hurricane Gustav, which was coming ashore in Louisiana.  It was pretty muggy with an expected high temperature of 97 degrees.  As we got closer to the turnaround point in the tiny town of Yantis, the wind got progressively stronger.  This was a good sign.

On the way back, the wind continued to increase so we came out ahead on the headwind vs tailwind.  It's nice when that happens though it's all too infrequent.  It even clouded up fairly well so the heat wasn't nearly as bad as it normally is.

Today was also the opening day of Dove season so for about a 10 mile stretch near the beginning of the ride we saw (and heard) countless hunters in the recently harvested corn fields.

No pictures from the ride.  I did bring the camera, but it forgot about it and didn't take any photos.

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